Monday, September 20, 2004

The Agony of Defeat

CBS surrenders.

CBS News President Andrew Heyward: "Based on what we now know, CBS News cannot prove that the documents are authentic, which is the only acceptable journalistic standard to justify using them in the report. We should not have used them. That was a mistake, which we deeply regret."

Rather apologizes.

"We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry."

Bloggers declare victory. Sweet victory. And this isn't the end.

CBS News and CBS management are commissioning an independent review of the process by which the report was prepared and broadcast to help determine what actions need to be taken. The names of the people conducting the review will be announced shortly, and their findings will be made public.

Wizbang for one wants Rather's head for a trophy. The struggle continues. But today people will savor the sweet aroma of Dan's defeat. Mmmm... smells like cinnamon.

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